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by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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In The Great Gatsby, in what ways does Gatsby need to try to reconcile the past and present? How does he try to do so? Does he succeed? Why or why not?

In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby tries to reconcile the past and present because he wants to live them simultaneously. He longs to restore the romance he had with Daisy five years ago and to live it again. Gatsby is unable to accept that her life has moved on and that she has a status he can never attain. He fails because he must. He cannot live in her world, and she will not live in his.

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Gatsby feels the need to try to reconcile the past and present because he loves Daisy, and he hopes to rekindle their romance as though the last five years have not actually taken place. He tries to convince her that he can give her the kind of life to which she has become accustomed, as he does not understand that it is not just a simple matter of having money. There are old money social rules and traditions and behaviors that Gatsby simply does not understand, and he lives a rather garish life as a person with new money . He lacks the...

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